The December long weekend – things to do

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Puente festivo (long weekend), Spanish for joining a holiday with another when the ‘fiestas’ occur on alternate days. Usually the Puente is used for fiestas that fall on a Tuesday or Thursday, creating a long weekend. It is exactly this that gives us the Puente on the 5 & 6 December 2016.

Many locals take the opportunity of the long weekend leading up to Christmas to travel to another Island or to mainland Spain to visit family and do some shopping. If you are on the island during this long weekend, there’s a range of things you can do and some great excursions for all the family if you fancy a day away from the beach or pool. A couple of our favorite excursions:

  • Volcano Trekking Tour – hike between the volcanoes and take in the breathtaking landscapes.
  • Visit the Market in Playa Blanca – a great market in lovely surroundings that takes please each Wednesday and Saturday.
  • Take in the final Concert of the Caves of 2016 on 3 December (los conciertos de la Cueva) at the Cueva de los Verdes

What’s important about 6 December?

Constitution Day (Día de la Constitución) marks the anniversary of a referendum held in Spain on December 6, 1978. In this referendum, a new constitution was approved, an important step in Spain’s transition to becoming a constitutional monarchy and democracy.

What’s happening on 8 December?

In addition to the Puente, there is also a holiday on 8 December observing the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. This day is a holy day of obligation in which many Christians, particularly of the Catholic faith, attend special church services.

Whatever you decide to do, enjoy!

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